WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Police ask for help ID’ing package thief. Plus, auto-theft alert

Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes from the Southwest Precinct


PACKAGE THIEF: Local police are circulating those images, with this bulletin: “Requesting assistance in identifying this theft suspect. On 11-19-20 at 0200 hrs, the suspect pictured above was captured on home security camera stealing a package off the victim’s front porch in the 3900 block SW Holden St. Any assistance in identifying this suspect is appreciated.” Contact police and cite case 20-926231.

AUTO-THEFT ALERT: According to the precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Danner, “As of November 24th, the SW Precinct is trending up in auto theft incidents; specifically, we are up 4% year-to-date over last year’s numbers, and we are up 14% in the last 28 days over this period last year. The following neighbors are seeing substantial increases: Alaska Junction, Westwood/Roxhill/Arbor Heights, Morgan Junction, and Fauntleroy.” She offers this advice for preventing auto theft and car prowls:

Both of these crimes are referred to as crimes of opportunity and can happen very fast! An experienced car thief can break in and steal a car in less than one minute!

What are some prevention techniques for car prowl and auto theft?

-Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition when you’re away, even for ‘just a minute’, please remember this is illegal in Seattle and in Washington (SMC 11.70.160, RCW 46.61.600)

-Remove remote garage door openers, key fobs and key cards from vehicle

-Always lock doors and roll up windows, even if the car is parked in front of your home

-Never leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked

-Items you don’t want to take with you should be stored in the trunk, or out of sight

-Put items in the trunk before you arrive at your destination

-Even non-valuable items should be hidden from view (such as electronic charging cables)

-If possible, park vehicle in a busy, locked, monitored and/or well-lit area

-Utilize anti-theft devices (Please contact me directly for link/suggestions for where to purchase these)

-If possible, activate alarm

What else can you do?

-Be observant! If you see something, say something!

-Remember to always report all crimes and suspicious activity to the Seattle Police Department by calling 911 for in-progress crimes, or utilize the non-emergency number/online reporting if appropriate (206-625-5011)

-Organize and/or get involved with Block Watch

You can contact her with questions at jennifer.danner@seattle.gov. To report a crime online – something not happening right now or moments ago – go here.

7 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Police ask for help ID'ing package thief. Plus, auto-theft alert"

  • KWEST November 25, 2020 (12:33 pm)

    A couple nights ago someone tried to break into my husband’s truck. They dug into and damaged the door keyhole but were unsuccessful at getting in. We are near Morgan and 35th. 

  • Flivver November 25, 2020 (12:47 pm)

    Friend lives on 49th just off Admiral Way. After 1st break-in he always took everything out of his car-even left glove box  and center box open. After 2nd break in he started leaving his car unlocked. Yep next crook broke the window, didn’t check the door. 

  • Alex November 25, 2020 (3:50 pm)

    I wish the police would crop/enlarge the picture of the thief’s face and post a head shot as part of this montage.

    • LR November 25, 2020 (4:27 pm)

      Me too. 

    • dsa November 25, 2020 (8:57 pm)

      You can temporarily blow the pics up a little with the three little horizontal lines (firefox) or three dots (edge) located in the upper right hand corner of the screen.  These max out for me at 200% and still are not very clear.

  • WestJack November 25, 2020 (4:10 pm)

    Here is an idea to deter box bandits. If a large number of people started sealing up their used boxes and leaving the boxes at their front doors eventually the porch pirates will either get tired of grabbing empty boxes or get caught because they have to grab a lot more boxes to find something.

    • John November 25, 2020 (4:33 pm)

      What a great idea!

      I remember when people in New York City wrapped their garbage up in gift boxes one Christmas during a garbage strike.

      A little surprise for the thieves.

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